Pan Fried Skillet Potatoes !

These Pan fried potatoes are an old fashioned side dish that are perfect with just about any meal. Love the golden, crispy crust and a tender, buttery interior. It’s a very low fuss dish l with a handful of ingredients. Simple cooking for the win. For this recipe all you need is oil, butter and potatoes!

instructions

Wash the potatoes and peal them.

Then slice potatoes super thin on mandolin , but be careful! They should look like potato chips.

Soak the sliced potatoes for 5 to 10 minutes, to remove the starch so they crispy up better. Pat them dry.

Cook in skilled with canola or vegetable oil and butter on medium high heat in a flat layer so they don’t stick. Cook in batch and watch so them closely so don’t burn.

chef tip! I like to use red and gold potatoes because of their low starch content

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Chicken Bacon Pasta with Tomato Sauce but lighter!

For this #TastyThursday we are doin a quick and easy dinner with not many ingredients. Just grilled chicken , bacon, onion, cherry tomatoes , broth and light cream . This makes one. flavorful sauce hello flavor town! The recipe is from food blogger Joanna Cismaru website called Craving Home Cooked today.. Check out her site and other channels there. She even has a cookbook! at https://cravinghomecooked.com/ Looking forward to redoing more from her.
I loved this dish, how can you go wrong with any dish with a dish like this? I ended up adding light cream not sour cream or sriracha to make it lighter and not spicy but it was still amazing, Feel free to add the sriracha if you like it hot, it’s up to you! I also left out the mozzarella cheese and added the parmesan cheese when serving with pasta on top.

Below is a link to the original recipe I followed below . I adjusted to make it lighter to my liking, How would you change it?

Link to Recipe

#chef tip! If you have lots leftover chicken breast meat then make it in batches and freeze it!

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Vincenzo’s Plate special Italian Meatballs

For this #TastyThursday we are checking out food blogger Vincenzo! Lrearn more about him from the blog link below.

I saw this recipe on Vincenzoplate website and I had to make it. It came out great. Who ever said that pasta goes with meatballs? Mini yes large no according to him . Who knew it was all about the size?

Below is a link to the recipe I followed below. On the website there is link to the recipe on Vincenzo’s Plate YouTube Cooking Channel , which has a focus on cooking Italian Food. His other social media channels are listed there to.

Link to the Meatballs Recipie

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Butternut Squash Pasta sauce with Potato gnocchi

While shopping in Target I saw the large range of pre-made pasta sauces they have under their Good & Gather store brand.. Most sauces I love to make from but I was intrigued by one in particular which reminded of my my favorite soups, Butternut Squash.

So here’s my butternut squash cream sauce with herbs and potato gnocchi. The gnocchi really soaks up the sauce well. You can also eat the sauce itself like a soup it’s just that good. This sauce provides a sweet and savory touch to pasta and vegetable dishes. Give it try if you see it. I like that it tastes like butternut without being overwhelming. 

chef tip! a little goes a long way.

#TryMeTuesday

Cast Iron Skirt Steak done right

Grilling and searing flank or skirt steak in a cast iron skillet has become my favorite way to grill steak. I served this one with with corn , panchetta and mushroom sauté.

Also ever wondered how to get a well-cooked, juicy piece of meat, without butterflying it or cutting down the middle to see if it’s done and has a good color? Here is what I do for a medium rare each time.

Salt, pepper and oil your steak. Once the pan is hot, lay your steak in and leave it undisturbed. The high heat will brown the steak quickly, once you see a crispy texture on the outside of the steak, flip it. This should only take 2-3 minutes on the first side and 2 minutes on the other side.

As a general rule, once both sides are browned, you can assume that the interior is cooked to medium-rare.

I remove the steak and let it rest before I slice it.

Perfect every time!

Skillet potato gnocchi with Mushrooms and brown butter herb sauce

If you love delicious Italian food but are really short on time, look no further than the holy grail of quick Italian meals — frozen gnocchi. Gnocchi are small, delectable Italian dumplings made with potato, flour, and eggs. Also if you make your own gnocchi they will also freeze well to.

I also have to say I am lover of all kinds of mushrooms. Mushroom sauces are great when you can purchase fresh mushrooms. The pack in a lot of flavor and go with a lot of different things.

This method of cooking frozen gnocchi is very simple — all you’ll need is a large skillet or pan for tasty gnocchi that are crispy outside and a perfectly soft inside. This simple mushroom “sauce” really brings the dish together.

Ingredients and steps

500g potato gnocchi – frozen
2 tablespoons salted butter
2 cups mushroom, cleaned and thinly sliced
2 raw garlic cloves, chopped
4 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons of “herb de Provence” dry spice mix or any dry Italian seasoning works to

How to Make it
In a large skillet add half of the the butter over medium heat until foaming. Add the mushrooms and garlic, parsley and cook, stirring, until soft. Transfer to a separate bowl. Heat the remaining butter in pan over medium heat until foaming.

While the mushrooms are cooking add the frozen gnocchi to a large pot of salted boiling water. Cook the gnocchi for one minute after the water returns to a boil and the gnocchi float to the top. Remove the gnocchi with the spider strainer or slotted spoon and add them to the other skillet directly.

Once you add in the cooked gnocchi, stir for 5-8 minutes until the gnocchi and butter are golden. Transfer the mushrooms to the gnocchi and mix it gently together. At the end add in the herb de Provence” mix from France , which has dried thyme, marjoram, rosemary and sage in it. Serve hot and enjoy! Top it with shredded parmesan cheese when hot to make it more heavenly.

chef tip : Want them brown and crispy? Leave them undisturbed in the pan for about 3 minutes before you move them. Then flip them onto the other side for another 3 minutes to brown the other side.

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Balsamic honey chicken thighs with pickled Danish red cabbage

Homemade balsamic honey chicken thigh over pickled Danish pickled red cabbage , what a great combo !

I like to marinate the chicken in a balsamic glaze and honey or agave syrup with salt and pepper.

I then refrigerate it for least a hour before I bake or grill them. You can do this also with chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts. Just adjust the cooking time.

I had a red cabbage that I bought recently that is pickled. This is the star of this dish. Recently there has been a lot of talk on the benefits of your gut by eating fermented foods. So eat away! Pickled cabbage, is pickled via fermentation.Fermented foods have lots of proven health benefits thanks to good bacteria, and the fermentation process also results in wonderfully complex flavor.

For this dish I used Danish red cabbage , also known as Rødkål . You can buy in store or make on your own. The process is time consuming but worth it the end and it store well in the fridge for many days.

The company I use is called Beauvais , which makes a great version that tastes homemade and can be found in your grocery store or online .

About Beauvais 

Beauvais is a Danish brand of condiments, snacks and readymade meals now owned by Norwegian food company Orkla ASA.  The brand was founded by and is named for Jeean Baptiste Desiré Beauvais, a French immigrant, who established a production of canned food in Copenhagen in 1850. The company was acquired by Orkla in 1995 and renamed Orkla Foods Denmark in 2013. (Source Wikipedia)

Try it out you will love it!

Chef tip! – Want to learn more about foods that pickled versus fermented check out this article below

https://www.furtherfood.com/pickled-versus-fermented-foods-which-is-better-for-your-gut/

Chicken Pomodoro in Creamy Light Vodka Sauce

To save money when I see something on sale I buy and freeze it for later, especially meat and some seafoods. All you have to do is take it out the night before when your planning your next meal and leave it in the fridge to thaw.

This chicken dish below is so good and simple ! It’s an easy way to use up those chicken tenders or cutlets in your freezer. These rest of the ingredients are pantry or fridge staples. The sauce is amazing on it’s own to so I make extra sauce and the freeze it for a future pasta dish.

Vodka sauce is definitely an indulgence, but with this healthier version, you don’t have the guil and it is still just as satisfying!

Ingredients.
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts thinned out.
flour
salt
pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1⁄4 cup vodka
1⁄2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 cup tomatoes, chopped and seeded
1/4 cup 2 % milk
4 tablespoons of shredded parmesan cheese
1⁄3 chopped basil
2 tablespoons garlic powder.
* Half and Half or light cream can be added at the end if needed*

How to make it

Place chicken breasts or tenders between 2 pieces of thick plastic wrap and pound until meat until thin.
Heat olive oil in skillet.
Season chicken with salt & pepper, then dust with flour.
Saute chicken in oil till golden then remove to a platter.
Pour off fat from pan.
Add broth, vodka, stir, and cook stirring until vodka is nearly gone to deglaze the pan and get all the good bits off.
Add sliced cherry tomatoes, garlic powder, and fresh chopped basil
Return chicken to pan, cook each side 1 minute then add mixture of shaved parmesan cheese and 2 % milk mixed together
Heat through and serve!

Chef tip! Freezing 101 , Ina Garten important points: 1) Label + date everything. And 2) Defrost food overnight in the fridge, not on the counter.

A twist on good steak and a summer succotash

Sometimes you want to follow a recipe and sometimes you just end up doing it your way. Inspired by recipe I read in Real Simple magazine . Over the years I’ve collected tons of recipes from magazines, cut them out like coupons and save them a big binder. I save online recipes in files in my computer so they are like a searchable digital cookbook.

Highly recommend having a system to keep them organized and together whenever you need some cooking inspiration.

In true fashion, I changed up the ingredients based on what I had on hand at home in my freezer and fridge. Inspiration is all that you need to make great food at home.

The result a grilled Flat Iron steak with a succotash of charred yellow squash , corn and pancetta mixed together in olive oil. Super simple and tasty.

Check out the original recipe below. How would you change it up?

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/grilled-hanger-steak-with-charred-succotash

Beautifying Brussel Sprouts!

Brussels sprouts have high levels of many nutrients and so very healthy for you and can lead to many health benefits.. They get a bad rap for being America’s most hated vegetables and need a little love to taste good.

When cooked properly, Brussels sprouts taste fantastic, even addictive. Charred and crispy on the outside, lightly caramelized and meaty on the inside, when sautéed Brussels sprouts can become a quick and easy side dish.

One new way I learned to love them is hiding the bitter taste of brussel sprouts with fresh escarole and kale mixed in. I added in bacon bits and light agave syrup it’s amazing! 😀💚

Here is how I elevated these little green balls into a tasty dish.

Ingredients.

1/2 (12-ounce) packages Brussels sprouts, ends and brown leaves trimmed
1 cup cleaned and chopped curly kale leaves
1 cup cleaned and chopped leafy escarole leaves
2 tablespoons good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon syrupy light agave or honey
2 tablespoons bacon bits

Steps

Heat a large cast iron skillet or frying pan over over medium heat. Add the olive oil, sliced Brussels sprouts, kale and escarole, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and saute them all well, for about 4 to 5 minutes,until very tender. Once soft but not burned add in the agave syrup and bacon bits. Serve hot.

Cool Food fact! Brussels Sprouts first appeared in Europe in the 5th century, but were later cultivated near Brussels in Belgium, leading to their name. They are sometimes mistakenly called ‘Brussel’.